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Lowering lights: Report
Old 02-18-2010, 11:08 AM   #21
 
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Oh Lisa I can't wait to see the first pictures there!!!!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:11 AM   #22
 
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I'm picturing a drastic difference.I hope I ordered enough plants to fill the tank nicely. Was able to get the Red Lotus too, which I really wanted!
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:25 PM   #23
 
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I think I got a bunch people here hoked on the Lotus since I started talking & showing mine here lol
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:47 PM   #24
 
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You absolutely got me hooked. Gotta figure out where I want it since it grows quite think, but I know I'm going to like it. I also ordered only 1 Ludwigia Repens since you said yours was growing so fast. Can those just be cut and replanted? Will they reroot themselves?
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:38 PM   #25
 
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You'll see them after few weeks dev roots along the sides of the stem. I just pinch mine off at the height I want them to be and stick the pinched off piece back in the gravel. And then the "old" parts have new shoots dev and then latyer I pinch those of and replant and so on
And by now mid Feb (tank was initially planted end of Nov) I have no more room for any pinched off parts....so right now i'm debating to set up a plastic bin with heat & light raise all excess plants up to a neat size and then hand them off cause I'd not wanna throw plants away OR lol I built another tank soon......
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:47 PM   #26
 
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I see no way around your issue except building another tank LOL. I'm sure I'll understand what you're saying a little better once I get it planted and it starts growing. Is it similar to the amazon sword where it grows a daughter plant and that grows some leaves with new roots?
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:51 AM   #27
 
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3 weeks into lower lights:

I'm still loving it and so do my plants. I have got to say what amazes me the most is how much the growth of all Valls types i have in there are just booming. I had Vallis grow fairly fast before but not like this.
All other plants doing fine too, also the red Crypt that initially had uhm 3-4 leaves melting its producing new one's....All is good with 30w over my 55g

Now I'm gonna tackle the lights on my 45g to try find the 'perfect' light set up
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:41 AM   #28
 
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Awesome! I'm glad it's working out for you. Kind of funny how LESS light is causing more growth on your Vals. Interesting concept. I LOVE the red crypt. I unpackaged mine yesterday and as soon as I saw it I was like "YES!" soo cool. Love the wavy leaves.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:03 AM   #29
 
Thanks for the report, Angel! It gives me some hope that I can work with my setup, which doesn't even provide for 1W/gallon.

Btw, Byron - You think the Aqua-Glo makes the tank look ghoulish? I just don't see it...



I actually took the Aqua-Glo out based on your comments and sub'd in a Marineland Full Daylight I had that came w/ one of my fixtures. After a week or so, some of the plants started developing some brown spots, so I'm going to go back to the Aqua-Glo and see what happens. There was a noticable color difference, but it wasn't purple like in some of the reef tanks I've seen, and I didn't think it looked 'un-natural' (the pic is w/ the Aqua-Glo / Sun-Glo combo).
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:12 AM   #30
 
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LMy I use an Aqua Glo as well with a Life Glo2 I bought the Sun GLo to go with the Aqua Glo and before using it I compared pics of mixed bulbs and didn't like how it looked. It was too yellowish. This was before I got my fixture so I went with the pics here. Valotesti
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